Our people

Terre des hommes' team in Europe region has more than 150 employees who are committed to making the greatest possible positive impact on the lives of children. Meet some of them...

The Regional Hub and Office is...

Balazs Lehel
Head of Regional Office
Judit Nemeth-Almasi
Deputy Head of Regional Office
Pierre Cazenave
Pierre Cazenave
Regional Programme Manager, Children and Youth in Migration

I have been working for Terre des hommes for the past 10 years in different positions and now managing our Children and Youth in migration programme which is implemented in more than 15 countries in the Europe region.

I have always dedicated time and efforts to the protection of children and youth affected by migration and never cease to be challenged as well as enriched by the people I work with, but most importantly by the inspiring views of our beneficiaries who directly contribute to the development of our programme at country and regional level.

Mariama Diallo
Mariama Diallo
Regional Programme Manager, Access to Justice

I love what I do! I have worked for over 15 years in the international development sector, for international, governmental and non-governmental organisations in Africa, Australia and Europe, in the field of children’s rights. 

I joined Tdh in September 2018 as a Regional Programme Manager, Access to Justice with the Budapest Office. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team and to be able to contribute to making Europe a safer place for children – to protect the rights of child victims and the rights of children who committed an offense.

When I am not working for Tdh, I loooove to play the piano, go for long bike rides, indulge in Sunday brunches, spend quality time with my partner, and talk to my friends and family.

My favorite quote: Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me (Fred Rogers).

Arina Cretu
Regional Communications Manager

 

 

Tudor Rosu
Regional Resource Mobilisation Manager
Eva Hegedus
Regional Quality and Accountability Adviser
Aurika Farkas
Finance and Administration Manager
Nenad Matejić
Nenad Matejić
Regional Project Manager, Children and Youth in Migration

I joined Terre des hommes in January 2016. Prior to this, I worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Budapest, assisting and improving the situation of the most vulnerable migrants in Hungary, particularly unaccompanied children. Currently, as part of the Tdh Children and Youth in Migration Programme, I am working with partners across Europe to improve the protection and access to rights of migrant children and youth.

I continue to be inspired by the work that Tdh is doing across the world and I enjoy knowing that the work that I am doing is helping to improve the protection and lives of many migrant children and youth and their families across Europe.

Cintia Karlik
Cintia Karlik
Senior Finance Officer

I have been working for various NGOs in Hungary since 2014 (Chance for Children Foundation, Rainbow Mission Foundation) and joined Terre des hommes in October 2019.

I like to work towards NGOs sustainability, and I am happy and honoured every day that I can be a part of protecting children and improving our future. I am really lucky that I can work with truly inspiring people and for an amazing case.

The Eastern Europe Delegation consists of our country offices in Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Kirsten Theuns
Head of Eastern Europe Delegation

 

 

Elena Madan
Elena Madan
Country Director, Moldova

I am Elena, the Country Director of Tdh office in Moldova. From the moment I have joined Tdh in 2018, I felt proud to be part of a team which is changing the child protection system in the country. Working for and with children has enriched me both professionally and personally. I am an economist and political science specialist, with previous working experience in development cooperation for donor organisations. I am also a happy mom of two girls and in my spare time I am passionate about cooking.

Ionut Raita
Ionut Raita
Country Director, Ukraine

I have been involved in civil society and development organisations since university, when I started volunteering for a Romanian organisation. I worked in local and international organisations in Romania and in Ghana. Since 2014 I have been a member of the Terre des hommes team, first in Romania, and in 2018 I moved to Ukraine. I graduated Law School and then I completed postgraduate studies in international development and in humanitarian action.

The knowledge and experience that I have are helping me to look for new programmes through which Tdh can support children in Ukraine and to support our team to implement these programmes. I believe that all people can support each other and provide a safe and happy environment for the children, building thriving and friendly communities.

Laura Adriana Ghica
Laura Adriana Ghica
Programme and Advocacy Manage, Romania

I have studied sociology and hold a master’s degree in community safety and the control of violence. I started working at Terre des hommes Foundation in Romania in 2010 as Project Manager, then trainer, Programme Manager, and since 2016 I have also taken on the role of Advocacy Officer (Manager now). I studied multiculturalism, ethnicity and social conflict at the Utrech University in Netherlands, and my fields of expertise are preventing violence against children, public policies regarding education, inclusion and migration, social change and developing partnerships and international cooperation. Since 2019, I am the Vice-President of the Managing Council of the National Federation of Child Protection Organisations in Romania.

 

Teodora Rebeja
Teodora Rebeja
Programme Manager, Moldova

I joined Terre des homme in 2010 after 8 years of academic experience, 3 years of parenting experience, the faculty of psychology and the master’s degree in sociology. Within the organisation, I started as a specialist responsible for group psychosocial activities with parents. Afterwards, I continued with the coordination of projects and for the time being I am the coordinator of the Child Protection programme in Moldova.

I am proud to be part of an extraordinary team, united and passionate about what it does and that, over the years, has become a family, having the noble goal to help children enjoy a happy childhood. I am grateful to everyone that every day helps me to grow both professionally and personally.

I am truly happy to be able to contribute to the well-being of children from Moldova. I am delighted to know that our projects bring joy to children, especially as we use games as a key element for exchanging opinions, developing skills and strengthening the resilience of children we work with. I am sure that we can make even more positive changes in the child protection system in Moldova, so as to guarantee the realisation of the rights of all children.

Oleksandr Morozov
Oleksandr Morozov
Child Protection Programme Coordinator, Ukraine

I joined Terre des hommes Ukraine in 2018, after gaining experience in medical emergency response and institutional development of social services in Ukraine. My inner aspiration is to contribute with my knowledge and energy to ending all the consequences of the conflict in East Ukraine and to a democratic way of development of my country. Being myself a father, I understand the core importance of child’s upbringing and the need for a safe environment in this regard. I particularly wish to achieve these with my team at Terre des hommes Ukraine, as I never experienced before such strong organisational culture and morale and effectiveness of programmatic response and coordination.

Camelia Morjolic
Camelia Morjolic
Finance and Admin Manager for Eastern Europe

I have been the Financial Manager of Terre des hommes Romania for 7 years and since April 2020 I am the Finance and Admin Manager for Eastern Europe, covering activities in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova. I have offered the organisation my knowledge of expert accountant, being licenced in Economy and Law, but also my experience as a mother. I am happy to work in a friendly environment, with beautiful people who are committed to improving the lives of children.

Elena Petric
Elena Petric
Logistics and Admin Officer, Moldova

My “love story” with Tdh began in March 2004, when the first team of the foundation arrived in Moldova.

My background includes pedagogical experience – several years of teaching French at the Institute of Arts in Chisinau, Moldova, being a freelance translator and interpreter, producer of children’s programmes on a radio station in Provence, France, and administrator of French and Belgian NGOs.

I am happy to be part of a wonderful team that brings together very different people, but with the same human and professional values and principles, and the same desire to bring positive changes in the lives of children from Moldova.

I am the “proud mamma” of logistics at Tdh Moldova and I always do my best to offer my colleagues and our beneficiaries the best working conditions and organisation of activities. I jokingly present myself as the Tdh Moldova “monument”, because I am part of the team since its very beginning. “Today matters” is my motto.

Nadiya Vlasiuk
Nadiya Vlasiuk
Accountant and Admin Assistant, Ukraine

To find myself, to find friends among colleagues, to become part of the large Terre des hommes family - all these have come true in my life.

I am Nadiya Vlasiuk. Since 2018, I have been working at Tdh as an Accountant and Logistic Assistant. I also gladly help organise many field activities.

I love life in all its forms, despite all the odds. After becoming internally displaced, I have started the new round and took the opportunity to contribute to the psychosocial support of children within Tdh projects.

The biggest reward for me is seeing children’s smiles, feeling the enthusiasm of teachers and the support of the team! I am grateful to the Tdh team for our cooperation in the important work that we are doing together!

Iulia Stancu
Iulia Stancu
ommunication Officer, Romania

I began my professional life as a business and lifestyle journalist in Romania, but after 8 years I decided to use this experience (and my licence degree in journalism and communication) in another way. I have worked as a Communication Coordinator for a few local and international NGOs and I learned that teamwork in a friendly environment that has a good purpose makes me happy and proud. My story at Terre des hommes Romania began in July 2019 and the favourite part of my work is discovering testimonials of children that my current or former colleagues have helped over the years within various projects.

Dumitrita Butnaru
Dumitrita Butnaru
Communication Officer, Moldova

As the Communication Officer, I am the person who takes care to make known to the public the activity of the organisation. I joined Tdh Moldova team in 2018, coming from media and cultural background, but my strong belief and desire to create better opportunities for children brought me here, even though child protection was a new and quite unknown territory for me.             

I have a pre-teen son and my interest and already my passion for child psychology and conscious parenting led me to this path of joining an enthusiastic team, devoted to its values and aspirations, which I am very proud to be part of.

I enjoy reading to my child before bedtime and I am happy he still likes it too! I also like creating memories to my son by travelling and discovering new places together and of course I love cultural events.

Valentyna Lisakonova
Valentyna Lisakonova
Field and Communication Assistant, Ukraine

I am the Field and Communication Assistant at Terre des hommes in Ukraine. My work involves supporting the team in implementing child-oriented projects and raising awareness about the protection of child rights through social media and other communication channels. I became part of Tdh Ukraine in 2018 and since then I am passionate about working within a team driven by the mission to help children worldwide.

Prior to joining Tdh, I went to university and participated in activities related to the development of civil society. During my studies, I became interested in Youth Policy of Ukraine and became a certified Youth Worker. Together with other students, we have implemented small projects with a focus on human rights and peace building.

Outside of work, I enjoy cycling local trails and fishing on the lakes.

Raluca Condrut
Raluca Condrut
Programmes Support Manager, Romania

My journey with Terre des hommes started in 2014 as a project manager in charge of migration-related projects. During this period, I have also been working on project proposals, building partnerships and being the national associate for ChildHub. With a solid background in managing educational and social projects, since 2020 I took on the role of the Programmes Support Manager, coordinating the support team that including communication, monitoring and evaluation and training activities.

Vladislav Oleatovschi
Vladislav Oleatovschi
Child Protection Specialist/ Project Manager, Moldova

I have a background of a lawyer, I am a father of two kids, and I love hiking and cycling. My feeling was to always stay where I feel purposeful and I love what I do. So, in 2009 I have quit my career in law and joined Tdh team.

I have an experience of over 15 years of designing and carrying out training with various groups, from children to grown up children or simply adults. I enjoy discovering and learning together with participants through experiential and participative methods.

At Tdh, I have been always combining project management, consultancy and field work in various national and international projects. My training profile is child protection specialist, expert in “Movement, Games, Sports” and creative activities for psychosocial development of children, as well as child safeguarding.

In 2015, I have added to my experience the humanitarian layer, working in emergency settings in Ukraine. I believe adults are responsible to help children and provide them with safety, play and development. That is exactly what I have been doing together with my colleagues from Tdh Ukraine.

As I am a person that gives meaning to human relations and teams, I consider Tdh Moldova one of the best teams with amazing, professional, creative and dedicated people. Glad to be a part of it in my life journey!

Alina Ivanova
Alina Ivanova
Child Protection Field Officer, Ukraine

I have always had the desire to help people. Probably, this is what has led me to Terre des hommes in 2015. Prior to that, I was a volunteer psychologist at a children's camp, which set the general direction for my personal and professional development.

My education in psychology and in the management of social institutions helps me to see the needs of the vulnerable population.

I enjoy being a part of the wonderful Terre des hommes team, that is working around the world and bringing invaluable support to those who need it most. I highly appreciate the opportunity to help protect children's rights and to offer psycho-social support to children in Eastern Ukraine.

In my free time, I love being outdoors or watching a good movie. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my family. My son helps me to discover the world from new perspectives, filling life with bright colours.

George Matu
George Matu
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Romania

I am a Sociologist, working at Terre des hommes since May 2018. I believe that the main goal of social research is to contribute to improving interventions in the social field, and that learning processes should have a central role within any NGO. Tdh is one of the organisations in Romania that use previous knowledge and lessons learned for continuous development, in order to help children in vulnerable communities, children in migration or children in the juvenile justice system.

Veronica Pelivan
Veronica Pelivan
Quality and Accountability Officer/ Project Manager, Moldova

I joined the Tdh team with the conviction that each of us can contribute to ensuring the rights and well-being of children.

Being a strong believer in the power of little things that could change the world, I consider that even the smallest changes for the better can have a big impact on children and their families over time – I have learned this in my capacity as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.

During my seven-year experience in this role, I understood that the monitoring and evaluation process is like taking a good photo – we need to “zoom in” and “zoom out”, “looking for the right light and angle” to approach the needs of children and their families, to analyse them in detail, and find the proper measure of intervention, in order to ensure the fulfilment of their rights and well-being. I enjoy taking good photos!

Serhii Dakhno
Serhii Dakhno
Psychologist, Ukraine

My work at Terre des hommes helps me grow both professionally and personally. I started working with Tdh in 2015 as a communication associate. Now I am working as a trainer and psychologist in the Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. 

Having specialised education in psychology and with extensive experience of working in government organisations, I have a clear vision of the needs of vulnerable groups. I use a personality-oriented approach in working with beneficiaries, helping children and adults who have experienced traumatic events.

Among my personal traits that I am proud of is the ability to set and achieve goals. I use this ability to develop my knowledge and enrich the activities of Tdh in the field of protecting the rights of children and promoting psychosocial education among children and adults.

I love to spend my free time with my family. As a hobby, my son and I collect antique coins and toys.

The Southern Europe Delegation consists of our country offices in Albania, Kosovo, and Greece. 

Jezerca Tigani
Head of Southern Europe Delegation

 

 

Florina Sefaj
Florina Sefaj
Country Director, Kosovo

I am a mother of six and a passionate believer that societies should do their utmost to ensure children’s right to a decent childhood. 

Out of my over 30 years’ experience in the UN, World Bank, DFID (Department for International Development of the UK), Save the Children, I find that my most rewarding experiences are: advocacy work as part of a Kosovo Human Rights Organisation prior to the war; child protection and access to education work during the Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999 (for which I received a Gallantry Award from her Royal Princess Anne of the UK); and the state-building and social policy development work I did under DFID.  

I am keen on abreast of best international practices and lessons learned from global efforts in delivering safe childhood to all children and Terre des hommes is a great place to reflect this learning in my day to day work.

Leda Avgousti
Leda Avgousti
Deputy Director, Greece

Having been a part of the human rights and humanitarian fields for over 12 years, I have been lucky to have worked with inspiring practitioners and activists from different regions across the globe in the areas of gender, sexual and gender-based violence, migration, anti-discrimination. Now I am happy to be back in my home country of Greece and be part of the continuous NGO sector effort to tackle emerging human rights issues and humanitarian emergencies.

I joined Terre des Hommes in April 2020 and I am particularly excited about what we, as an expert organisation, can achieve in Greece and the region through the lens of protection and safeguarding for children, migration and children’s access to justice.

Melina Spathari
Melina Spathari
Advocacy and Communications Manager, Greece

10 years ago, I abandoned an accomplished career in journalism to start a new adventure in what I thought was the right spark I was missing at that point in my life.  Since then, advocating and raising awareness for vulnerable social groups; finding common ground between people and organisations in order to promote social change; leading campaigns and acting as a spokesperson in front of the authorities, has become a true passion. Either by working in a pediatric clinic at the borders of Jordan with Syria and seeing babies’ lives being saved, or by sneaking into the infamous Moria refugee camp in my homeland, Lesbos, to witness first-hand the results of inhumane policies on people on the move, I have been kept busy fighting for small improvements that make big difference in people’s lives

As the Advocacy and Communication Manager at Terre des hommes Hellas, I help raise awareness about flaws in the reception and protection system of children on the move and push for changes in policies towards a child-friendly justice system.

Outside of work, I am an avid collector of jazz albums, a proud mother of a 12 years-old girl, and a most promising – but still lousy :) – gardener. Sometimes, I can be spotted cycling in Athens’ downtown.

Fjolla Hoxha Tërmkolli
Fjolla Hoxha Tërmkolli
Project Coordinator on Juvenile Justice, Kosovo

My educational background includes law studies and M.S degree in Civil Law at South East European University – North Macedonia.

I became a member of Terre des hommes family in 2017 and since then I had the chance to develop my professional skills and build my network with influential people.

I am passionate about my work, as I know we are supporting Kosovo institutions on establishing a strong legal framework in the field of child protection and juvenile justice which is in line with international standards.

In Terre des hommes I found a great environment and colleagues who have the same passion as me. I am so happy when I know that, at the end of the day, my work will be making a significant contribution towards a better tomorrow for children. It brings a sense of job satisfaction and self-motivation at the same time!

Eleftheria Aravidou
Eleftheria Aravidou
Mental Health and PsychoSocial Support Coordinator, Greece

My educational and professional background in Psychosocial Problems and Interventions led me early 2016 to join the humanitarian field, focusing my interest in the child protection context. I have been fortunate to implement projects aiming to enhance the resilience and the well-being of children and families affected by adversities and to experience the significant role of non-governmental organisations. 

In 2017, I had the chance to share my interest in supporting and empowering vulnerable groups with the team of Terre des hommes Hellas, initially as a Social Scientist and later on as Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator (MHPSS) Coordinator. I am exceptionally eager in being part of Terre des hommes vision in reaching and ensuring safety to all children, promoting equal opportunities for them.

Albana Sopjani
Albana Sopjani
Regional Finance and Administration Manager, Albania and Kosovo

Seeing the work that we do every day at Terre des hommes, has helped me achieve one of the biggest passions I had since I was a child, helping people in need. It is a great feeling working in a philanthropic sector and contributing towards the improvement and development of society as a whole and especially providing a better future for children.

Children are the present and the future and it is our responsibility to improve the quality of their life. As I continue my journey with Terre des hommes, I will do my best to give my contribution, knowledge and passion towards the mission of our organisation.

Dimitra Moustaka
Dimitra Moustaka
Project Coordinator on Access to Justice, Greece

I am the Project Coordinator for Tdh Hellas’s Access to Justice Programme. In the past, I have worked as a freelance lawyer and as a legal counsellor, cooperating with refugee and migrant children and especially unaccompanied adolescent girls. I have worked closely with vulnerable groups of children and came across the difficulties that they face when in contact with the law. I joined Tdh Hellas at the beginning of 2020, aspiring to actively work towards a more child-friendly, child-sensitive and inclusive justice system. I am passionate about gender equality and I am happy to be part of a team that shares the same values and is truly dedicated to the safeguarding and protection of all children.

Egzona Gashi
Egzona Gashi
Drop-in Center Coordinator, Kosovo

The world is a mosaic of different cultures, but the culture of helping vulnerable children and families, I believe, is universal. Thus, my personal and professional experiences and educational background made me look forward and work in the field of child protection.

As a psychologist and former teacher, I was directly and indirectly involved in improving the situation of children in need and protection and the child protection system in Kosovo through different projects, initiatives and advocacy, at different levels.

Being part of Terre des hommes Kosovo helped me realise that actually it is not just about the cliché of ‘child protection’ topic, it is bigger than that, it is about saving children’s lives.

However, significant changes in social services require time and continuous support and advocacy for ensuring that all policies, strategies and actions are made based on the best interest of the child.

Maria Nakasian
Maria Nakasian
Project Coordinator on Protection of Unaccompanied Children, Greece

Being involved in the humanitarian sector since 2010, I have gained substantial experience in the refugee andmigrant context in Greece. Working as Project Coordinator at Tdh provided me with expertise on child protection in challenging settings, such as refugee camps, but also with lots of memories, knowledge and great moments to remember as an active part of a respectful and genuinely committed NGO for the protection and promotion of children’s rights in all circumstances.  

Maria Athanatsiki
Maria Athanatsiki
Project Coordinator on Child Protection and Child Safeguarding, Greece

My postgraduate studies in International Development in London constituted a marking point for my professional orientation. When I joined a bulk of people from different countries all over the word, combining their efforts to shape a world of justice and equity, I discovered that my fervent wish was to work on helping the less privileged to improve their lives and on protecting the vulnerable.

With several appointments on project management level in previous years both in development and humanitarian context, at Terre des hommes, which I first joined in 2017, I had the opportunity to focus my work on child protection, where I was convinced on the vitality of promoting children’s rights and urging everyone to take action on child protection, as protecting a child is the responsibility of everyone.

From my current position as a project coordinator, I seek to ensure that organisations active in different contexts meet international child safeguarding standards to ensure that children are protected and that different professionals in contact with children have increased understanding on how to create a protective environment for children